Creative Design Methods — Module 2
Do something fun:
For my fun activity, I decided to go to the Afton Art Fair. I read about it in the paper and wasn’t really interested. I’ve been to the Uptown and Edina Art Fairs before and didn’t have the best time. I enjoyed the variety and uniqueness of each artist’s work but not weaving between people in cramped spaces. Plus, I always felt guilty for not buying anything. After some prompting from a friend, I decided to get outside of my comfort zone and go.
I had a great time! My shoes got a little mucky but it was fun. I’m grateful I went with such a patient and curious friend who enjoys interacting with each artist. I realized that may have been why I didn’t like other art fairs: going with the wrong people. Getting rushed and skipping tents stresses me out. We went to a variety of booths, walked through a gorgeous garden, and ate a tasty dinner at a small restaurant. My art highlights include: a ceramic flower shaped bird house, a table made with sliced walnuts, earrings made from eggshells, wooden mobius necklaces, and fairy homes. I snapped a pictures of anything interesting to me:
Mind map (image):
Mind map (digitization):
My mind map, shown above, was directly made using the PDES mind map web application. I have added my .csv file to the shared google folder, as Krystianna instructed.
The first theme I am interested in exploring is Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. A few weeks ago, I heard two programs on NPR about how Japan’s government has increased awareness about dementia and created structures in communities to support people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. I think coming up with products to help people with Alzheimer’s or their family or friends would be a good challenge.
Clinical depression also interests me. Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun; 62(6): 617–27). Many of my friends and family have gone through depression. Coming up with products to support people experiencing the symptoms of depression would mean a lot to me.
My third theme is skiing. I love sports. I’ve been involved with rowing for a long time and skiing is a natural cross training sport. Products for rowing would have been really exciting for me but there’s not a huge market and I’m a little too close to the topic. However, skiing interests me and I know nothing about it. I’d love to dive in and find some problems that need solutions.